This has been an emotional week in New Orleans as it marks the 10th year anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city on August 29, 2005. Some native New Orleanians who no longer live in the area still share a group of emotions of feelings on this day. One artist put his feelings in the studio and made a song as an ode to his hometown. Rapper and producer Willard Hill (Twitter: @WillHill504 Instagram: @williardhill) produced the track, “To Miss New Orleans,” with assistance from saxophonist Asante Amin (Twitter: @AsanteAmin) “for my folks in New Orleans,” as Hill stated on his Twitter account.
If the name of the song sounds familiar to you, you’re either really old or have a taste for classic jazz music. The legends Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday first performed this piece in the 1940’s and has been covered by many artists including other New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr., Fats Domino and Ellis Marsalis. Hill’s rendition keeps the classical rhythm intact, with a layer of New Orleans “bounce” style music to give it an upbeat kick. If you’re from New Orleans or have visited the city, this tune will make you want to second line in your house. If you’ve never visited The Big Easy, you’ll be looking for flights to witness and experience it for yourself.